Backpage Roundup: Wenger Wants Liverpool’s Downing, Wilshere’s Injury Nothing Serious, Giroud Dreaming Of Henry Reunion, Jenkinson Targets Victory over Everton and More

Wenger Wants Liverpool’s Downing for £10 Million

Liverpool’s incredibly out-of-form winger Stewart Downing is a winter transfer target for coach Arsene Wenger, according to a report published by the Daily Mail.

The publication claim that Wenger wanted to sign Downing as Samir Nasri’s replacement last year but failed to do so due to Liverpool’s big-money bid for him. The 28-year-old has since fallen out of favour at Anfield and the Arsenal boss believes he could revive the winger’s career by taking him to Emirates in a £10 million deal.

None of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski wants to play on the wings and so the arrival of Downing could solve that problem for the London club. Moreover, he is capable of playing as a left-back and since Andre Santos is widely expected to be sold in January, Downing could also come in handy as Kieran Gibbs’ deputy.

Wilshere’s Latest Injury Is Nothing Serious

Arsene Wenger has downplayed Jack Wilshere’s latest ankle inflammation injury and assured Arsenal fans that the midfielder will be back in action very soon.

After not using the England international in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa, the Arsenal boss confirmed that the player in question’s omission from the starting line-up was a result of inflammation in his ankle. However, the Frenchman doesn’t believe the injury is anything serious and he expects Wilshere to be back playing for the club in no time.

In a recent interview, Wenger told the press: “First, it’s a relief that he’s had no setback [since returning from injury]. He had a little bit of inflammation of scar tissue [in the ankle] but it’s nothing. It’s very minor.

“The rest will help him get rid of it. Apart from that, he has done very well. He has not played for 17 months. People forget what that means. Seventeen months in a career is massive. But I’m very happy with the way he is progressing.”

Jenkinson Targets ‘Massive’ Win Against Everton

Carl Jenkinson has claimed that Arsenal are determined to take all three points in Wednesday’s away clash with Everton after a lacklustre showing in last weekend’s 0-0 draw against Aston Villa.

While the Gunners looked solid at the back, their offensive fluency was lacking at the Villa Park and the Arsenal right-back says that they need to bounce back immediately.

Earlier today, Jenkinson told the press: “Villa played well but we need to try and nick a goal and need to try and pick up the three points in games like that. We kept a clean sheet and that’s important. We just need to go on a little run, a good unbeaten run. I think clean sheets are important. Nine times out of 10, if you keep a clean sheet, you go on to win the game. In the main, we haven’t conceded a lot of goals this season.

“I think we’re up there as one of the best, in terms of goals conceded. We go into every game to win it. On Saturday it wasn’t meant to be but we’ve got a huge game against Everton. There’s no hiding, we need to win that. It’s a massive game for us. We’re on a good little run now, but we need to pick up three points on Wednesday and I’m confident we’ll do that.”

Top Four First Priority for Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny believes that sixth-placed Arsenal’s first priority should be to get back in the top four positions on the league table.

Ahead of the Gunners’ Wednesday-night clash with Everton at Goodison Park, the Arsenal goalie emphasised the importance of defeating an aspiring Champions League side like Everton and said: “It would be a very good result, it will be a six-pointer. We managed to get three points last year and it was a really tough match. We are outside the top four so our first target is to reach that top four.

“I think the last two matches, against Tottenham and Montpellier, offensively we have played really well. We have had a few disappointing performances before that, so it is important we get back to that level.”

Szczesny shied away from answering whether he believes Arsenal are still in the title race but did say: “Our ambitions are much higher. We have had a couple of good results recently. It would have been good if we had won at Villa but we shall take it game by game and hope for the best.”

Giroud Would Love to Play with Henry

Olivier Giroud doesn’t know whether or not Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will return for a third spell with the club but he would definitely like the chance to play with him at Emirates.

The in-form Arsenal striker had a chat with Henry recently during which the 35-year-old told him that he misses the Premier League a lot.

In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, Giroud revealed: “[Henry] misses the enthusiasm around the Premier League. But he didn’t tell me if he will be back. It would be great joy to play with him.”

About his own game and the life in London, he added: “I have to improve my statistics again and again. I have been patient and worked. When you come into a new club, there is a time to adapt. Even Thierry Henry experienced it. If I could achieved just half of what he achieved…”

“I love that city [London], it is eccentric, and so cosmopolitan. There are so many things to do. You can never be bored.”

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